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Microsoft Windows Media Player creates URL shortcut that may contain HTML code in known location in Local Computer Zone

Vulnerability Note VU#739376

Original Release Date: 2002-09-27 | Last Revised: 2002-09-27

Overview

There is a vulnerability in the creation of Internet shortcuts in Windows Media Player version 6.4 and 7. This vulnerability may allow attackers to execute arbitrary commands when a victim views a malicious web page.

Description

Windows Media Player versions 6.4 and 7 create Internet shortcuts in a known location in the user's temporary files folder. Because local files are presumed to be trusted, applications should not allow remote attackers to create files in known locations.

Impact

When a victim views a malicious web page, an attacker could create a local file with a predictable name in the user's temporary files folder. If the attacker chooses to embed script commands in this file, these commands will be executed in the "My Computer" zone when the file is opened in Internet Explorer. This will allow the remote intruder to execute arbitrary commands as the user viewing the web page.

Solution

Apply a Patch

Microsoft has published patches correcting this vulnerability. The patches are listed in their advisory at:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS01-029.asp

Vendor Information

739376
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Microsoft Corporation

Updated:  July 16, 2002

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Microsoft has published a security bulletin describing this vulnerability at:


CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base N/A N/A
Temporal N/A N/A
Environmental N/A

References

Credit

This document was written by Cory F. Cohen.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2001-0243
Severity Metric: 9.58
Date Public: 2001-05-23
Date First Published: 2002-09-27
Date Last Updated: 2002-09-27 17:42 UTC
Document Revision: 11

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